Stephen Sondheim to Receive New York City Arts Award

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:25 PM

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive New York City's highest honor for achievement in the arts.

The New York Times says Sondheim will receive the Handel Medallion on Nov. 1 at Alice Tully Hall.

Other honorees will include Mikhail Baryshnikov; arts advocate Alice Diamond; musician Jimmy Heath; artist Maya Lin; and the Theater Development Fund.

Sondheim has won more Tony Awards than any other composer.

A revival of the 81-year-old's "Follies" will be on Broadway until Jan. 22. His other hit musicals include "A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd."

Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story."

The medallion was first issued in 1959 to Virgnia Portia Royall Inness-Brown, upon the 200th anniversary of the death of George Handel.

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